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Flea market, food, music this weekend in Snellman

Back by popular demand, the second annual Snellman Days celebration begins Saturday, Sept. 2, with a morning brunch at Gethsemane Lutheran Church from 9 to 11 a.m.

Throughout the rest of the day and the following Sunday (also starting at 9 a.m.), there will be a flea market, food, games, live music, crafts and more.

The newly minted annual event was the brainchild of Snellman Store owner Joe Furlong, who had previously organized a few one-day flea market events in Snellman.

"I'm from the East Coast," Furlong says, "We had lots of flea markets out there, so I started doing some flea markets on the weekends, then I just decided one day that we should have a Snellman Days celebration, with one big flea market where everyone could come together.

Hand-crafted sweaters, baked goods, antiques... the Snellman Days flea market has a little bit of something for everyone.

"I'll be serving brats and ice cream, and there will be kids' games and activities," says Furlong. Some popular events that will be returning this year are the watermelon-eating contest and the egg toss.

"We'll also have live music, with a band of local musicians," he adds. "The fun starts at 9 a.m. on both days, and will keep going until everyone decides to stop.

"Last year, we had about 3,000 people for both days... it was an excellent event."

If the weather cooperates, Furlong hopes to duplicate, or even exceed, that success. One piece of entertainment he doesn't want to see repeated, however, is what he refers to as the "free air show."

"Last year, we had a plane come in and buzz us... it was flying too low, and hit some power lines. People in Snellman were without power for a couple of hours. I'm telling people we won't be having an air show this year."

Though admission is free to spectators, there will be a vendor fee charged to flea market participants of $10 per day or $15 for the weekend.

Anyone interested in signing up for the flea market should contact Joe Furlong at 218-573-2227.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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